Mysterious Disease Kills 1000 Cattle in Lofa

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A mysterious animal disease has allegedly killed 1000 goats and sheep in three small towns and villages of Voinjama and Quardu-Gboni districts in Lofa County.

The incident occurred in villages in Kugbomai, Kuluka and Marvin Konnedu.

Residents told the Daily Observer that pest control and other insects killing chemicals have been used in the affected areas, but it could not be confirmed if the strange deaths of cattle have any connection.

The deaths of the domestic animals hit the consuming public in Voinjama, Kolahun, Foya, Zorzor, Salayea and Vahun districts with reports indicating fear among cattle owners.

In separate interviews with butchery operators in Voinjama City, they expressed concern and called on the Ministry of Agriculture’s Lofa Coordination office to institute measures in order to restrict the sale and movement to identify the cause of the mass deaths of cattle.

Butchery Proprietor Mohammed B. Sow said “I’m really worried and afraid over the deaths of our domestic animals in our areas and want government’s agriculture and hospital people to do something quickly about this,” Mr. Sow stressed.

He explained that the cow, sheep and goats largely depend on the green grass to graze everyday and anything that affects the grass will in turn affects the animals in almost all of the towns and villages.

When contacted, Ministry of Agriculture Senior Agriculture Extension Officer J. Borley Dovee, warned against spreading news that the cause of deaths could be chemicals used against the Ebola virus.

He assured butchery proprietors and the consuming public that efforts will be put in place to curb the spread of the mysterious disease.

Mr. Dovee explained that measures include, restrictions on the movement of domestic animals in and outside of the county and decontamination of the affected areas.

Medical personnel assigned at the Telewoyan Memorial Hospital in Voinjama declined comment and noted that they are monitoring the situation.

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